MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Rory Lobb and his Dockers team mates look dejected after losing the round nine AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on May 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Fremantle forward Rory Lobb is reportedly expected to request a trade to a Victorian team at the conclusion of this season, despite being contracted at Cockburn through 2023.

The former Giant, who was picked 29th overall at the 2013 National Draft, has played 135 AFL games since debuting during the 2014 season.

Lobb has reached unprecedented heights this season, averaging a career-high 1.9 goals per game and having already achieved his highest goal tally in a season (30) in just 16 matches, topping his next best season total (29) from 24 games in 2016.

With numerous Victorian clubs said to be preparing to make a play for Lobb this off-season, we examine five potential landing spots for the 29-year-old.


1. Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs have been the team most linked to Lobb this season, with Channel 7's Tom Browne recently claiming Lobb would most likely be "off to the Bulldogs".

It would appear the Bulldogs are keen on Lobb for the purposes of strengthening their forward stocks (which include Aaron Naughton and Josh Bruce), as well as assisting fellow ruck-forward, Tim English, who recently penned a contract extension to remain at The Kennel.

Along with his goal-kicking abilities and high-marking tendencies, Lobb is also more than capable of playing the ruck position, as he has demonstrated many a time in Giants and Dockers colours.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Tim English of the Bulldogs and Rory Lobb of the Dockers contest the ruck during the round 6 AFL match between Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

With 35-year-old Stefan Martin less than likely to be a Bulldog beyond this year due to his age and unrestricted free agent status, Lobb seems like a more-than-sensible option for the Dogs' list management brain trust.